I appriciated this well balanced essay on gun control. Open discussion without hysteria is what this country needs and this is a good place to start.
I ordered this book on impulse without knowing much about it. I was shocked that I had not heard of this book before. My uncle was in the African Congo as a minister about the same time. When I brought the book up at a family dinner I was the only one that hadn't read it years ago. I will read it a gain. My daughter is planning go into ministry in Africa soon. This book gives some personal context to the history we have been studying.
I have just recently started listening to books about history and slavery. I think this book did a great job illustrating the balance of power in the antebellum south.
The tones she used for Lavinia and Belle helped to me to understand the differences in the characters personalities. It goes far beyond the differences in their station and privilege.
I rank this at the top of my list. I have recommended this book to several people.
I have not read another book like this, but I will be reading/listening to Ayaan Hirsi Ali's other book soon.
I don't have a favorite scene. But the reoccurring themes to not take things at face value and the importance of understanding what you are taught are important messages for all of us.
I wouldn't recommend listening to this book in one sitting. You periodically need time to process what the author's story means to our lives.
Listening to the author read her own story was very powerful. Her accent and tone added a lot to the experience.
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